DIY Home Improvement Tips

Your home is your refuge from the world, the place where you relax with family and friends in comfort. This makes it an important haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and at the same time, a place you occasionally like to show off. Inevitably, of course, there are times when you take a critical look around you, and decide that it’s time for a bit of home improvement. Maybe the interiors are getting a bit tired, or you need to make more space available for a growing family.

Whatever your reasons, there’s absolutely no need to spend a fortune on renovations and decorating, as there are many straightforward tasks you can undertake yourself. What’s more, you’ll be extra proud of the changes because they’ll be your own personal accomplishments. Here are a few simple ideas specifically chosen to bring out your inner DIY enthusiast.

Rejuvenate your radiators

Heaters can be a real bonus when the weather gets cold, however over time they can start to look dilapidated and dull, even when covered with baseboard. Sure, you can try just painting them, but they never seem to have the same appeal as when they are new. Nowadays however, there is no need to replace them or install a new heating system, because one of the easiest DIY jobs around is to install new baseboard covers. You can get ‘one size fits most’ perforated steel baseboard radiator covers and install them yourself, no tools needed, and no extra help either. These are easy maintenance, no painting required, and affordable, as they come direct from the manufacturers.

Install window shutters

Beautiful window shutters are fast appearing on homes of all kinds, including period houses and contemporary apartments. This is no surprise, as they are elegant, chic, and stylish, as well as being extremely practical. The good news is that it’s ridiculously easy to install plantation shutters yourself. You simply measure as directed, choose your preferred style, and then install the shutters as directed when they arrive. All the hardware is supplied with the shutters, and you will simply need to screw the shutter window frame to the wall. Handy YouTube videos will guide you as to how to measure properly, even for awkward shaped windows, as well as how to install.

Put up some shelves

Now here’s an ingenious riposte to all those DIY jokes about not being able to put up a shelf. For a truly clever solution, use bookends, preferably flat metal or wooden ones, and screw one side onto your wall – two screws should work just fine. Then just place your books horizontally in a stack on top, as many as your ‘shelf’ will safely hold. For added interest, you can glue the back inside cover of an old hardback book to the underside of the shelf, and stack more volumes on top, instantly turning your handiwork into a ‘floating’ shelf.

Brighten up your furniture

Your radiator covers are good as new, your window shutters are adorably streamlined, and you have easy DIY floating bookshelves wherever you want them. So far, so good. Now maybe you should turn your attention to your furniture. Let’s face it, there comes a time when simply replacing your scatter cushions doesn’t cut it, so think about the pieces that are letting you down. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, for instance, you could make fresh covers for your couch and chairs. If these are past their best, however, you might have to think about re-upholstering them. Don’t be daunted, though, there are some great online tutorials and videos to help you out.

Paint like a pro

You may think anyone can splash a dab of paint on a wall – well that’s true, however it’s not the same as decorating like a professional. There are a few tips you can use to make sure you prepare and finish your painting tasks to the highest standard. Washing rollers before you first use them, mixing your paint in a large bucket in order to achieve consistency, and painting your room from the top down are all everyday techniques to professional decorators. Don’t forget to clean and prime walls before you start, and press down masking tape with a putty knife to ensure it really does stick.
There’s no mystery about DIY and it’s enormously satisfying to tackle a job and complete it yourself. So, before you rush to phone the local handyman, pause and think about whether you might be able to do some of the work yourself. You never know, you could not only save money, but also develop a new skill.

Comments

  1. I need to stop doubting myself and just try and actually do a little DIY!

  2. I refinish a oak table and chair and it was so much work but I love the table so much it was so worth it.

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    I once refinished an antique wooden armchair and even cross-stitched a new cover for the seat. It was hard work but the result made it all worthwhile. 🙂

  4. Could use a paint job and some new blinds/shutters.

  5. I just finished stripping my tables and chairs,now getting really to stain them! Thanks for the great tips !

  6. Mishelle Greening says

    We re-habbed our deck this summer – a LOT of work, cleaning it off then re painting and finishing off but it looks gorgeous.

    M

  7. optimaltool says

    The vanity looks AMAZING!!!! Wow!!!! You did a beautiful job. Can’t wait until the bathroom is totally done. Love your website and enjoy your tips and stories and helpful information. Thanks!!!! 🙂
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